News tagged with neuronal function

A butterfly effect in the brain

Next time your brain plays tricks on you, you have an excuse: according to new research by UCL scientists published today in the journal Nature, the brain is intrinsically unreliable.

Jun 30, 2010
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Neuronal diversity makes a difference, study says

Much like snowflakes, no two neurons are exactly alike. But it's not the size or shape that sets one neuron apart from another, it's the way it responds to incoming stimuli. Carnegie Mellon University researchers ...

Aug 29, 2010
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Gene flaw causes small brain - scientists

Microcephaly, a disorder which leads to an abnormally small brain, has been traced in part to a flaw in a gene called WDR62 that plays a key role in the development of neurons, according to studies published on Sunday by ...

Oct 03, 2010
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Upending textbook science on Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease is caused by the build-up of a brain peptide called amyloid-beta. That's why eliminating the protein has been the focus of almost all drug research pursuing a cure for the devastating neurodegenerative ...

Nov 23, 2009
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